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Cunliffe state of the nation speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, January 27th, 2014 - 193 comments
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David Cunliffe state of the nation

For Labour party members and supporters in the Auckland region if you are looking for something to do today come along and see David Cunliffe’s state of the nation speech.

Stuff has already hinted at what might be in the speech:

[David] Cunliffe last week formally ditched two of his party’s 2011 policies: a tax-free band on the first $5000 of income, and a pledge to exempt fresh fruit and vegetables from GST.

Together they would have cost $1.5 billion a year, and scrapping them has created room for Labour to spend in other areas to help low-income families.

Cunliffe said new policies would be better targeted than the two dumped tax breaks, which gave the same, or even more, to the rich as to the poor.

He would not say whether the new initiatives would use all the $1.5b saved.

Speculation has centred on a new payment to low-income families, likely to be targeted at those with children, but Labour MPs have refused to confirm this.

Finance spokesman David Parker would say only that the axed policies had created “fiscal headroom”.

Labour’s message that the Government is overseeing a tale of two countries – the haves and the have-nots – is aimed at countering the better economic news emerging, including forecasts New Zealand’s growth rate will make it the “rock star” among developed economies this year.

As well as attacks on the unequal distribution of the benefits of recovery, Cunliffe is expected to warn of the damage rising interest rates will do to those struggling to get ahead and pay for the increasing cost of housing.

He is also likely to renew a call for fundamental reforms to macro-economic policy that National shies away from.

They include a capital gains tax (exempting the family home), changes to the way the Reserve Bank operates monetary policy and steps to gradually increase the state pension age from 65 to 67.

The speech is being held at Kelston Girls High School and will start at 1 pm.  If you do want to attend you can RSVP here.

If you cannot attend but want to watch it the speech will be streamed through here.

Update:  The hall is absolutely full and there will be a delay in starting …

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193 comments on “Cunliffe state of the nation speech”

  1. BM 1

    Don’t be to disappointed if Cunliffe’s speech doesn’t get a lot of coverage on tonights news

    Unfortunately, not great timing with it clashing with the whole lorde, grammies hoo haa.

    Hopefully it may get a minute or two about 10-15 minutes in

  2. karol 2

    Lorde – the curtain raiser – and while all eyes are glued to the screen, wired to brains thinking positive thoughts….. along comes Cunliffe. The meaning is the message.

    And onward the election campaign. Only the beginning.

    Never mind the width – feel the quality.

    • Mary 2.1

      I’m worried, Karol, that Cunliffe will fall into the same trap that the Greens have with its latest education policy which is concentrating on fixing symptoms without addressing fundamental root causes. For example, it’s obvious kids can’t learn when they’re hungry, but does creating a whole set of new institutions around 1 to 4 decile schools reflect the image of a society we really want? All these “initiatives” sound wonderful but they’re being held out as representing vital elements of an equitable society when the reality is they reflect inequality and will continue to do that for as long as they exist. There’s no analysis of the potentially negative impact such piecemeal reform could have on our wider cultural and economic landscape. Institutions are easy to create and hellishly difficult to remove. Just look at how private charity has become a mainstay of our social welfare system. Back in the 1990s food banks were always talked about as a temporary measure. Now it’s fully acceptable for Work and Income to refer people directly to them!

      • millsy 2.1.1

        I see these measures as no different to the school dental service/free milk and schools, that were implemented back in the 20’s and 30’s.

        They became an accepted part of New Zealand’s extensive social support system, and had bi-partisan support.

        • Mary 2.1.1.1

          Yes, but they were implemented across the board and weren’t a knee-jerk response to deep-seated poverty borne out of inherent inequality. That’s the difference and is a very big difference.

          • geoff 2.1.1.1.1

            @Mary
            So what’s your prescription for treating the causes, not the symptoms?

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.1.1.1.1

              As I mentioned below – I had a similar response to Mary

              There are some things that sound great with this idea – help is being offered to the people that need it – yet I do wonder whether people want more ‘interference’ from social services in their lives – do the Greens know the culture of the people in these low decile areas? Have they involved those that need the help and asked them what they need? Or are they going to waltz in and impose their own albeit well-meaning views on them? This is an expensive and potentially unwelcome approach. How about cutting the ‘middlemen’ out and giving some of that money directly to parents instead?

              How to address the causes?

              How about a focus on creating a system where the top wealthiest cannot avoid tax – and corporations stop receiving subsidies from the government? From this money collected create a tax free zone for the first 5,000+ dollars earned – lift the minimum wage drastically – if small/ medium businesses require subsidies to afford these wages – give it to them i.e. stop the charade that wages being subsidized is not what is already occurring – and thereby remove the lack of privacy, complications, hassle and stigma involved with individuals having to deal with Winz. Create job for parents who haven’t one – for example – if there is going to be extra help in schools or elsewhere perhaps the parents of the children could be involved in these hubs.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                …yep and Labour just delivered in this respect for me -my initial response is one of preference for Labour’s approach as briefly outlined in Mr Cunliffe’s State of the Nation speech.

              • thechangeling

                Withdrawing from free trade agreements and restoring tariffs, quotas and other trade restrictions along with instituting local production and consumption with the concurrent investment, job creation that that will allow is the way forward to alleviating and restoring an egalitarian society in New Zealand (and elsewhere).
                However as we are a part of an international trading system this needs to occur in tandem with the IMF, WB and WTO rejecting neo liberal policies and introducing a series of prescriptions collectively entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Social Democracy’.
                Until the neo liberal global trading system enforced by the IMF, WB and WTO changes, only the symptoms of the unegalitarian society in New Zealand will be addressed.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  However as we are a part of an international trading system this needs to occur in tandem with the IMF, WB and WTO rejecting neo liberal policies and introducing a series of prescriptions collectively entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Social Democracy’.

                  No, it doesn’t. If we’re re-introducing tarrifs and dropping out of FTAs then, obviously, we’re also dropping out of the international trading system. We don’t have to wait for the IMF, WB or the WTO to change. In fact, I think dropping out of them and changing anyway would be far more effective.

      • karol 2.1.2

        Mary, Cunliffe was critical of Key’s State of the Nation speech, saying it was too narrow. Such a speech, he said, should set the broader agenda on which the election campaign will be fought. Cunliffe said his speech will focus on the broader agenda.

        Key dismissed inequality, and focused on a narrow education policy, that reinforces corporate, privatising values and agenda..

        Turei said the main election issue is inequality (plus poverty). She then gave an education policy that focused on inequality and poverty. This is a step from Key, towards Cunliffe’s bigger picture.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.3

        +1 Mary – I had the same response to you re the Greens announcement – it seemed to be addressing the symptoms not the causes. :(

  3. saarbo 3

    Looking forward to it!

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Best wishes DC, hit a six for all of us.

    • Chooky 4.1

      +1…he’s looking good…like the new leader of the 2014 New Zealand coalition Government ! ….alongside Russell Norman and Metiria Turei

      with possibly Winston Peters and Hone Harawera)…..and Dotcoms support….

      ( Go suck on bad rotten eggs John Key and Steven Joyce and Nact…you horrible weasels, ferrets and stoats)

    • David H 4.2

      True and with most of NZ Cricket lovers on a high over THAT cricket match, and the 2 wins. Yep great timing. Now use it, Don’t lose it.

  5. ak 5

    BM’s quite right. The speech itself is irrelevant compared to the reporting of it, and already – even pre-speech as per Orewa One – repetition of “rock-star economy”, “capital gains tax”, pension age rising to 67, and zero mention of current polling.

    Up against if as always, progressives, no substitute for good old-fashioned grassroots activism and above all, overt expressions of left-wing unity and positivity. Stand beside him Metiria.

  6. greywarbler 6

    Richard Prebble, Fuck-wit, reported on Radionz as being a former Labour, and later ACT politician, is quoted as criticising David Cunliffe’s and Labour’s timing for his speech. WTF This little t..d who was surprised to have found himself thinking once, keeps popping up like a weed.
    Time for Woody Weedkiller for this thick perennial.

    • Chooky 6.1

      +1…it is absolutely pathetic what Radionz regards as news these days….I am not talking about Morning Report but whoever is responsible for some of those brief bulletins of supposed news in between

      what Richard Prebble was saying was NOT news!!!! …..but a political ACT Party has-been spoiler ( ACT hardly exists any more for Christs sake) ……this is bias and trivial comment on Radio NZs part( I turned the radio off)…..someone should make a complaint

      • Tim 6.1.1

        +1
        Something’s happened at RNZ in the past year* – not sure what (or should I say who), but even the once OK news bulletins are now becoming irrelevant, dumbed down crap.
        Over the weekend I even heard a newsreader saying something like “X politician is running the line that….”
        I suspect they’re using ‘cadets’ to do the ‘dirty work’ and that editorial staff aren’t that sharp.

        * I mean aside from what we already knew was infectious kaka especially 1-5pm, but also 9-noon.

    • Not a PS Staffer 6.2

      http://bsa.govt.nz/complaints/formal-complaint

      Radio NZ needs to rocket up its %$#@ for being irrelevant.

      Make a complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

  7. Jenny 7

    Finance spokesman David Parker would say only that the axed policies had created “fiscal headroom”.

    Maybe the Finance spokesman David Parker could tabulate the “X” amount of “fiscal headroom” that will be created, if as well as reversing the “promised” tax cuts on the poor, we reversed all the “actual” tax cuts on the rich?

    How much would it be?

    $1.5billion? Twice that amount? Three times?
    Half that amount?

    I doubt we will be hearing this figure being bandied about in todays speech.

    Max Headroom

  8. Olwyn 8

    I suggest that everyone who is a position to attend should do so. A big crowd is harder for the media to ignore than a small one. A big, enthusiastic crowd also helps to build momentum, whatever the media response. It also puts pressure on David Cunliffe to keep his word. This is important as behind the scenes he will face quite a bit of pressure not to from lobbyists, etc.

  9. vto 9

    This better be good given the hype that has been built around it.

  10. millsy 10

    It appears that we are going to get some form of payment to families that have kids in ECE, from the teasers.

  11. Bill 11

    So Labour will announce a broad economic shake-up.
    The Greens announced an in depth education policy.
    And National announced a dressed up privatisation policy.

    We already know how Nationals’ policy was (mis) reported.
    We also know reporting on the Greens receive less coverage and that the nats were allowed to position their non-education privatisation programme against it.

    Will be interesting to see the tone of the coverage for Labours’ speech.

  12. Ron 12

    Every left supporter should attend the Cunliffe’s speech today/ There is not anything else that can compete with the importance of this event. And don’t forget the barbecue afterwards where you can mix mingle etc
    See you all there

  13. RedBaronCV 13

    Go for it David. The country needs you more than you need us , so thanks. Prediction: as time goes by I think you’ll go down as one of the best leaders that this country has had.

  14. Raa 14

    Good luck with the queen’s english, David.

    Don’t mention the republic ..

  15. philj 15

    I did email RNZ about 1% Radical commentator(!?) Prebble. Told them that credibility is essential in a quality National Broadcaster.

    • Rosie 15.1

      Good on you philj.

      I also heard this morning, what Greywarbler and Chooky referred to above and was bemused and baffled as to why they would quote Prebble, as if he had any relevance what so ever. Surely they can’t be that desperate for news that they need to scrape the bottom of the barrel.They even tried to dress it up by referring to Prebble as an ex Labour MP, a couple of times even. As if a connection from last century is relevant!

      Then again maybe they are willing to help the Right stick their oar in, because that’s all that statement amounted to, just sticking an oar in. Kind of desperate, like a lost and lonely voice in the wind trying to be noticed.

    • Chooky 15.2

      +100

  16. clemgeopin 16

    I will not be able to watch live stream as I am only free after 2:30 pm. I do wish to hear the speech. Will it be quickly available on YouTube or some other link? Do any of you know please?

  17. geoff 17

    Go Dave! The membership, the unions and plenty of struggling kiwis are supporting you!

    (maybe even some of the caucus ;) )

  18. Te Reo Putake 18

    Hmmm, trying to get the Livestream feed up, via labour.org.nz. No sign of life, just a message saying the LP “hasn’t created any events”. Perhaps after 1pm?

  19. lprent 19

    Starting. Jacinda warming the audience up.

  20. Rosie 20

    Man! He is on fire!

  21. idlegus 21

    tweet from gower “Cunliffe: Labour will pay $60 a week to all families with new babies until they are one. Families must earn under $150,000″

    reply tweet from hooton “Do think more already struggling people will have more babies as a result?”

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Needed to balance out our aging population.

    • Lanthanide 21.2

      Yip, the obvious angle of attack on this is “paying people to breed”.

    • Rosie 21.3

      Excellent news for children so far

    • cricklewood 21.4

      Jeez don’t think we need to be given out $60 per week to families between 100 &150k per annum be much better off giving $80 or $90 to families under 75k… upper middle class welfare? Give me a break….

      • Lanthanide 21.4.1

        I would have extended it up to $120k rather than $150k.

        But they need to curry favour with the centre of the electorate.

        • Colonial Viper 21.4.1.1

          Lanth you’re killing me mate.

          $120K to $150K pa household income is now the “centre of the electorate”???

          Sure, if you place the centre somewhere well into the top 10%.

          • Lanthanide 21.4.1.1.1

            Median household income is something like $82k according to the last census.

            So I think capping the household income at $120k instead of $150k is perfectly appropriate.

            My reply about being the “centre of the electorate” is that cricklewood was suggesting < $75k only, which is clearly less than half of all households.

            • Colonial Viper 21.4.1.1.1.1

              Median household income is something like $82k according to the last census.

              That’s the average household income.

              The median point is around $10K lower at just ~$71K pa.

      • geoff 21.4.2

        I take it you’re not a young family trying to service a mortgage on an average house in Auckland…

        • cricklewood 21.4.2.1

          My household income is under 100k, I have a child and rent in Auckland. I currently don’t need or receive anything in terms of wff etc
          Sure im not rich but I am certainly reasonably comfortable and there are plenty that would need that $60 far more than I would. I believe that all available funding in terms of social support should be directed at those truly in need rather than spread into the upper middle class to garner votes. It really puts me off tbh if you want to get the disaffected out to vote cut it off and say 90k and lift benefits by $30 a week across the board sure it wont pander to the middle class but I doubt this policy will make a family pulling in 150k change their vote whereas a decent increase at the bottom end might just get those on the margins into a polling booth. Disappointed.

          • geoff 21.4.2.1.1

            I think you are being unrealistic. The greens and the other smaller parties have a policy advantage over the two main parties. The minor parties can afford to push more targeted or boutique policies because they’re only attempting to get a small fraction of the total votes. National and Labour are hobbled tto a certain extent by their size, ie they have to have policies with broader appeal because they are trying to get a much larger proportion of the voting population, hence why they both engage in ‘lolly scramble’ politics more often than the smaller parties.
            That said, if you’re not happy with Labour then hopefully you’ll still vote for Greens or Mana.

            • cricklewood 21.4.2.1.1.1

              Why is it unrealistic to hope that labour might target a policy at the working class? Why should a solid working class couple with no kids pay tax to subsidise a couple in the upper middle who are far better off? Put the money where its needed most ffs

              • geoff

                This is only one policy, future policy announcements will address industrial policy.

                Why should a solid working class couple with no kids pay tax to subsidise a couple in the upper middle who are far better off?

                You say this like it is going to be mostly wealthy couples taking advantage of this. The reality is there won’t be very many people in those circumstances and the money will be going to where it is most needed. It sounds like you’re buying into the spin that National is trying to put on this.

                As for helping out families, I believe in a civil society a government should be helping families when the vast majority are struggling.

                Decades ago the whole society in NZ was working together and everyone was helping each other. Both National and Labour understood this because it was common sense, it was the only way for prosperity. It still should be common sense but, after 30 years of marinating in a rogernomic soup, NZ society now has some deep structural problems. The causes of those problems will take much longer than one term of government to address and so I think it is fair enough for Labour to implement a populist short-term policy to get into government so that they can actually address those larger structural problems.

                • cricklewood

                  Im aware its not only wealthy couples receiving this I just don’t agree that its been set so high as I said earlier I would prefer the cut off be lower and the amount larger. I cant stomach welfare been extended to the upper middle class when that money would be of far greater use at the lower end. That stands regardless of additional policy.

          • Naki Man 21.4.2.1.2

            Absolutely people earning $150k on welfare What a joke.
            Cunny you should be ashamed of your self

  22. Tinfoilhat 22

    Agreed cricklewood madness throwing money at that section of society

  23. newsense 23

    so was that Hooton admitting that their policies of inequality are in effect eugenics as they prevent poorer people from having children?

    • greywarbler 23.1

      newsense
      That sort of comment doesn’t make any sense old or new. Let’s not have emotive OTT talk about eugenics or are you some religious nut with a shell that’s too hard to crack.

      • newsense 23.1.1

        reply tweet from hooton “Do think more already struggling people will have more babies as a result?”

        The contra of this is that if struggling people are now struggling so much they can’t have children, that seems to me to be a form of suppressing them having children.

        I think the policy from Labour is directly that- to encourage and not penalise people from having families, whereas what is currently in place…

  24. ianmac 24

    A pretty damn good speech David Cunliffe. Clearly he will be the next Prime Minister.
    David is a far better Public Speaker than you know who.
    I like the idea that it all starts with the kids and this is where the actions taken now will bear fruits tomorrow.
    Well done that man!

    • Rosie 24.1

      +1 Ianmac. It was a tremendous speech. He simply must be our next PM.

      Labour and their coalition partners will have a lot of work ahead of them though. I’m trying to be aware of staying realistic about what can be achieved, given what has occurred in the past under Labour (since the 80’s) and given the damage that has occurred over the last five plus years. I really hope that slight niggling feeling of doubt about our future dissipates over time as the New Government proves itself to be one the side of the people (and of the environment?)

      One things’ for sure. It will be an epic election night party. I feel a soundtrack coming on…………….

  25. Brett Dale 25

    Is the 60 bucks a week for each newborn baby until they’re three, a straight up cash payment.

    Or is it 60 dollars worth of vouchers for diapers and baby food, etc etc etc.

    • Rosie 25.1

      I understood it to be a weekly payment. Great work!

    • idlegus 25.2

      ‘diapers’? in nz we call them ‘nappies’.

    • Pete 25.3

      Here’s the factsheet.

      It’s $60 per week for all under 1s in households with an income under $150,000. After their 1st birthday, it abates for incomes over $50k.

      • geoff 25.3.1

        thanks pete

      • Brett Dale 25.3.2

        Pete:

        So if your on 149K a year, your going to get 60 bucks a week a year if you have a new born baby.

        Is it 60 bucks per kid?

        Or just one per household in a life time.

        • McFlock 25.3.2.1

          the stupid, it burns….

        • weka 25.3.2.2

          It’s per kid (families with twins get double).

          • Brett Dale 25.3.2.2.1

            Brilliant! someone on 149K is going to get 60 bucks a week.

            You know if they cant afford a kid on 149K a year, how is the extra 60 bucks a week going help.

            • McFlock 25.3.2.2.1.1

              And people accuse the Left of the “politics of envy”…

            • Rodel 25.3.2.2.1.2

              Maybe they could send their kid to a private school to learn about spelling and punctuation…Keep trying BD..you’ll get it right and possibly convince someone sometime of something.

    • Naki Man 25.4

      No its for piss and smokes.
      You don’t think the kids will benefit from this do you.
      Vouchers would be a good idea.

      • Colonial Viper 25.4.1

        The vast majority of parents will make good decisions with the extra money.

        • Te Reo Putake 25.4.1.1

          Good decisions? Like voting Labour :)

          I reckon this policy could be this election’s interest free student loans, a winner straight from HC’s playbook. Not only delivers to families, but makes the grandparents consider voting Labour for the good of the mokopunas. Worth about 2% right there.

  26. Brian 26

    Finally I feel the brighter future may actually be on the horizon!
    Well done David, great speech, great policies and a great sense of direction and hope given.

  27. Te Reo Putake 27

    I liked the references to ‘my opponent’. A knowing wink to another drunk Nat leader past his sell by date?

    • Colonial Viper 27.1

      Very US style not to mention “your opponent” by name.

      Doubly odd to have an introduction where Colin Craig is mentioned by name though.

    • Rosie 27.2

      I also liked the “if you know what I mean……..”

      He was personable and engaging in general.

  28. dave 28

    from that speech i would say john key is toaste

  29. karol 29

    The hall was packed – people sitting on the steps in the aisles.

    Excellent delivery of the speech.

    Went to the press qu & a, but it was hard to hear what was being said.

    Did catch bits of a few things.

    Watch for Gower doing the wedge politics. He was obsessive in asking Cunliffe if he supports the Greens’ cannabis policy. Cunliffe’s answers were along the lines of: the Greens will bring this or their policies to the negotiating table. I’m not ruling anything out before we start. I’m not negotiating such things through the media. I do support the Greens’ education policy that was announced yesterday.

    Corin Dann asked why Cunliffe was so scathing about the “rockstar economy”. Cunliffe said he wasn’t. He was scathing about rockstar lifestyles.

    • Olwyn 29.1

      I was one of the people sitting on the steps in a corridor – we ended up having to park a long way away. I thought the speech was smart and well crafted. He firmly rejected the trickle down theory, and signalled a change in economic direction, with examples such as changing the labour laws, shifting investment from housing to productive industry and revisiting the RBA. He then spelled out in detail a policy that could be explained, cost-wise, as things now stand.

      That was the right way to go about it. It is not possible to give a detailed account of a paradigm shift in a short speech. Far better to simply signal. However, it is possible to spell out and justify a change to early childhood care whose cost lies within the parameters of an abandoned earlier policy. I was heartened by his speech, and the size of the crowd in attendance, which I notice has not yet been mentioned in the media.

    • geoff 29.2

      What a pity that the most widely spread information about this policy has to go through contorted lenses of Gower or Dann.

    • karol 29.3

      Watch for Gower doing the wedge politics. He was obsessive in asking Cunliffe if he supports the Greens’ cannabis policy.
      Called it!

      Coming up from Gower on 3 News tonight – after the Grammys and Cunliffe’s SON speech.

      • karol 29.3.1

        Ooops… no, Tova O’Brien went with it. But from what I heard, Cunliffe didn’t give a categorical “no” – Cunliffe’s replies edited very much.

    • Rosie 29.4

      “Watch for Gower doing the wedge politics”.

      Ah karol, you know Gower’s style well! Tonight’s news segment on the above was a manufactured piece about division between the Greens and Labour. It’s great that you got those words down, as it illustrates what gap exists between the truth and what is reported on The News.

        • Rosie 29.4.1.1

          Thanks for posting that Anne. After reading karol’s warning, it was almost if on cue, TV3 came up with “the cracks are emerging………..”

          • karol 29.4.1.1.1

            Yes, from Anne’s link – the print text.

            “They can put on the table what they want to put on the table, but Labour’s policy is not to decriminalise cannabis,” says Mr Cunliffe.

            So that’s all they could quote as evidence of Green-Labour cracks. And that was after Gower went on and on and on with the questions about it. I heard Bomber snort cynically with a kind of – I wouldn’t say disbelief – more like “that’s Gower for you”.

            I didn’t hear everything that was said, or see/hear if O’Brien asked her own question/s about it. But to Gower, Cunliffe talked about negotiating such policies with the Greens… and said he wasn’t going to negotiate it through the media. And then, after more Gower questions, Cunliffe said he wasn’t going to negotiate over what is going to be negotiated before the negotiations start. And he stated categorically that he supported the Green’s education policy.

            • Rosie 29.4.1.1.1.1

              Interesting notes karol.

              Cunliffe comes across as one who won’t have his words twisted and appears to be one step ahead of reporters. It seems he is comfortable and confident with the topic at hand, so is unflappable, unlike his “opponent” who, when on the rare occasion is faced with a question that is vaguely challenging has a hissy fit and calls everyone a bunch of knuckleheads.

              • karol

                I’m also curious as to why Tova O’Brien did the news report, when, as far as I could see, it was Gower who asked the questions on the topic.

                Typical Gower: go for peripheral issues and try to beat it up as a Cunliffe negative. Remember when Cunliffe launched his Labour leadership campaign at his New Lynn office? Gower went on and on about a painting of Cunliffe on the wall, and Cunliffe living in Herne Bay.

                What to watch for re-wedge media pressures: MSM journos claiming Green-Labour cracks/splits based on flimsy evidence. Are these journos so stupid as to think Labour and Greens will have exactly the same policies on everything?

                Edit; note also in the 3 News report, Turei said cannabis wasn’t a high prioirty policy for them but they also aren’t ashamed of it.

                • Anne

                  … when Cunliffe launched his Labour leadership campaign at his New Lynn office? Gower went on and on about a painting of Cunliffe on the wall,…

                  And you know what I was told about that painting karol? It was done by an intellectually handicapped young man who is quite artistic and he sketched/painted it for David Cunliffe. David and his staff hung it in a prominent position so that every time the young man came into the office he would see it and feel proud.

                  I have no reason to disbelieve it.

  30. fisiani 30

    Three weeks ago I stood on top of a 1200-metre peak on the edge of Kahurangi National Park with my 12-year-old son.
    Sermon from the Mount. Next we will probably hear that The Cunliffe has rented a tomb, but just for three days.
    He will turn water into welfare.
    A baby bonus for the rich. A land of milk and honey but no oil.
    Does The Cunliffe think we are all thick and happy to take a bribe? Obviously he does.

    • Sanctuary 30.1

      Nice collection of slogans there fisiani. One day you might even connect them up with some thoughts.

      BTW – have Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett emerged from the hide away you forced them to flee to and answered you incisive questions yet?

    • Chooky 30.2

      spinning here fisiani??????….dont like looking after New Zealand babies and children?!

      ……also if you want to go all religious and biblical on us……..as i recall it the ‘Sermon on the Mount ‘ is all about loving your neighbour as yourself and looking after the most vulnerable!….not a bad egalitarian message.!.

      ……….and certainly a lot better than the OLD Testament God with his ‘the chosen’ few…..which is most inegalitarian….and fits in rather well with monetarism, Neo Liberalism and lining the pockets of the rich …dont you think?

      …..”no oil”…what are you talking about ?….this is just a beginning of ‘the campaign’ speech….Wait till you hear Labour’s plans for education!

      ….as for bribery ….well we all know which Party excels at that dont we?…..NACT is All about bribery!

  31. Sanctuary 31

    The media response to this package will be framed by an overt neo-liberal hostility. I would guess that editorial comment of everyone from the Dom-Post to the Herald to Mike “SkyCity” Hoskings will heap the most vindictive rhetoric they can muster against it. In short, the MSM reaction will expose how far right our media is these days.

    I see the public reaction to this policy as a bit of litmus test of how much of the old egalitarian New Zealand actually still exists, and how much that egalitarian NZ is just a fig-leaf myth used to pretend we are not a deeply divided society of haves and have nots. If the public (as in the polls) revealk the middle class hate this policy, then the left can forget about winning government with an honest policy program and thinking in terms of vanguard revolutionary tactics – a hidden, reverse Rogernomics blitzkrieg to be enacted once in power.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 31.1

      Yes exactly: Rogernomics was enacted by stealth against the wishes of the majority and can be reversed the same way if necessary, but one thing is certain: it must be reversed.

  32. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 32

    Good one Metira Turei – The Greens are extremely adept at saying it like it is and making the connections for people:

    “Mr Cunliffe’s policies show a real commitment to children and the Greens are fully behind them,” said Mrs Turei.

    “If we give our kids the best start in life, they will grow up happier and healthier, they will learn more, and contribute more to our communities and our economy.”

    And

    “New Zealanders have a real choice this election between a Green-Labour Government that will deliver for children and families or National and a rag-tag bunch of misfits that have turned a blind eye to the needs of kids,” said Mrs Turei.”

    Excellent

  33. Not a PS Staffer 33

    A Great speech by David.
    A Great Policy announcement.

    Congratulations to the people who brought it all together.

    Congratulations to Sue Moroney and Jacinda Ardern for their work on the Children’s Policy.

  34. Seti 34

    Oh man, that policy is gold! Welfare for up to $150k rich pricks? Just what the anti-poverty advocates were looking for I’m sure.

  35. bad12 35

    Lolz, i said in another thread, i think the one posted by David Cunliffe Himself that He should ‘nail’ this first speech of what to all extents and purposes is the opening of the election campaign,

    Only half believing of course that He would ‘nail it’ i am pleased to say that this speech meets my expectations and some,

    Hopefully the full hall gave David a standing ovation at the conclusion of this fine speech, He certainly got one here…

    • Anne 35.1

      They did indeed bad12. A very colourful and happy audience. One of the best Labour audiences in terms of ambience that I have seen.

  36. (a different) Pete 36

    OMG. A leap into the past. A baby bonus! If memory serves me correctly Mike Moore proposed this in the 70’s and it was universally rejected. Can’t see much to recommend this. Available to all up to $150k. What are they thinking.

    [Bill: there is already a Pete posting here. To avoid possible confusion, please change your handle for future comments. Cheers.]

  37. Steve Wrathall 37

    I though they couldn’t come up with dafter policies than they went into 2011 with, but the …. bribe for those on 150K shows there are even greater heights of stupid to reach

    [RL: Using the word ‘breeder’ in that contemptuous manner will be deleted. ]

    • McFlock 37.1

      “breeder bribe”? You must have jizzed in your pants when the Legion of D’oh brainstorming session came up with that one.

      Seriously, “bribing” someone $3k to “breed” is like “bribing” a bank manager to give you a $30k OD in exchange for a lollipop – so blatantly underpriced that they would probably have done it anyway.

      Anyone moronic enough to believe that contrived piece of spin is probably already at least a tory – although they might not have quite enough multi-generational inbreeding to vote nact.

    • Chooky 37.2

      …Labour needs to axe those daft unnecessary super NACT motorways ….so the brrmm brrrrmmm boys have to drive their brrrrrm brrrrm cars at safer slower speeds …….and the transport businesses pay a fair price for wear and tear on our existing roads( use rail transport more) ……and those rich male ( politician and mates?)share holders in the construction companies building the privatised roads dont cream the profits from poor New Zealanders

      axe the motorways….savings all around!!!!! ….there is plenty for New Zealand kids and education….we just have to get politicians with their priorities made ethical.

      • Molly 37.2.1

        +1000 Chooky. I really don’t get those brmm brmm brmm commercials. Especially interspersed amongst the Speed Kills ones coming from the Police….

  38. KiwiGunner 38

    I don’t like it much. Any family on $100k+ doesn’t need this and, once again, it is govt subsidising our low wage economy.

    • Chooky 38.1

      …if you take into account the cost of housing these days ….either renting or buying for young couples …it does make sense ….there is very little left over for children… .especially if student loans havent been paid off

      ( it is different for the older generation who bought their houses when houses were affordable and are largely paid off)

      • Naki Man 38.1.1

        Cry me a fucking river.
        Anyone earning over $100k does not need welfare
        If you cant afford to live in Auckland move.

        • Draco T Bastard 38.1.1.1

          /facepalm

          If you can’t afford to live where you’re working them move to where you can’t get work – and you still won’t be able to afford to live

          You really, really, really have NFI do you?

          • Rosie 38.1.1.1.1

            “You really, really, really have NFI do you?”

            No, (go) Naddy Man doesn’t.

          • Naki Man 38.1.1.1.2

            If you had some skills and a better attitude you might be able to get work.
            Lots of people get a transfer or a job in another city. I have never had a problem but then I am not so fucking negative.

        • Chooky 38.1.1.2

          @Naki Man …well that is probably most young New Zealanders who want to buy a house and have a family in Auckland( without rich parents) ….so you would shoo young New Zealanders all out of Auckland would you?.

          ….and who would take over Auckland?…..your rich investor friends?… speculators are why house prices are so high and unaffordable for young NZers in Auckland!

          …New Zealand for New Zealnders I say…….it is pathetic if NACT cant even support young New Zealanders buy a house and have a family!

          …….You go cry a river when NACT is thrown out next election….and you and your rich friends go jump in the river!

          • Naki Man 38.1.1.2.1

            It is what it is. If you cant afford something don’t buy.
            Just stop whining about it

        • greywarbler 38.1.1.3

          What’s it like Taranaki, Naki Man? Jobs, houses, you should be doing All Right there?

            • Naki Man 38.1.1.3.1.1

              Plenty of jobs and affordable housing. That is what oil exploration does for a city

          • Naki Man 38.1.1.3.2

            Its all good. Quite simple really you buy a house that you can afford.
            Then when its paid off buy a nicer house. That is what I have done

            • greywarbler 38.1.1.3.2.1

              Naki Man
              You are a real Kiwi bloke or blokess. A man with commonsense like Peter Dunne. Perhaps you could stand for Parliament too. Isn’t Shane Ardern or whoever standing down. I think he wants his tractor back on the farm.

              There could be a a future waiting for you in Wellington, and they give you an allowance for housing, but you have to decide whether you will take it for your Wellington base, or your Taranaki base. Seeing it would be cheaper in the Naki than Wellington it might be best to draw it on Wellington. Would that be a good idea?

              Housing seems your interest. And you sound as if you can afford more than the outhouse that most young Aucklanders can afford for their first home. Perhaps if you got into Parliament you could move to have housing information seminars. They used to have those in 70’s when people still thought they lived in a country that wanted them to have jobs and be able to buy a house and make a living, and have a happy, prosperous life.

            • tricledrown 38.1.1.3.2.2

              nakered man what if they don’t find any oil .
              the technology hasn,t been developed to recover the oil nakered !
              So when is this bounty going to happen

              • Naki Man

                What are you on
                Where do you think your gas comes from?
                They found oil and gas in 1866 in New Plymouth.
                Oil and gas already contributes twice as much to NZ,s GDP as dairy farming in
                Taranaki. They do have the technology to recover the oil or gas, are you for real

    • geoff 38.2

      And how many families will that be? Probably not that many and therefore won’t cost significantly more than if they had excluded families on higher incomes.

    • bad12 38.3

      Ok, on the surface you make a valid point, but, David Cunliffe is also saying He will unashamedly tax the rich to pay for it,so while it might be a subsidy for the low wage economy it is those who benefit the most from that low wage economy who will be paying to alleviate the curse of such low wages…

      • gem 38.3.1

        ”Unashamedly” or otherwise, the top personal tax rate will still be significantly lower than that of Australia or Britain if Labour win the 2014 election, as signalled by Parker this month in the Listener.

        • bad12 38.3.1.1

          Gem, if you will excuse the expression i don’t really give a shit how much the rich are taxed or even for that matter how rich the rich stay,

          What concerns me are the ‘bread and butter’ issues that negatively effect beneficiaries and low waged workers, both demographics actually being the same people in most cases,

          If by ‘redistribution’ a Labour lead Government along with it’s coalition can find solutions to child poverty and affordable housing not only for beneficiaries but low waged workers as well then i will consider them to be well worth voting for,

          my oft stated view is simply this, if taxed heavily the rich to maintain such wealth as they possess will have to work harder to attain such a goal,

          In saying that as it is the workers who create such wealth for the rich, to maintain their wealth in the face of rising taxes would require more production which would also require more workers…

          • gem 38.3.1.1.1

            ”Gem, if you will excuse the expression i don’t really give a shit how much the rich are taxed or even for that matter how rich the rich stay.”
            The thing is that the more equal a country is in terms of relative incomes determines the extent to which the bread and butter issues negatively affect beneficiaries and low waged workers.
            ”In saying that as it is the workers who create such wealth for the rich, to maintain their wealth in the face of rising taxes would require more production which would also require more workers…” +100

    • lprent 38.4

      Families on less than 100k do need it, and most families wind up on less than 100k when they have kids under a year of age because one parent or another has to be off work.

      So you’d get upset with it because of what? That helping kids in the first year of life is unfair? On whom?

      Dickhead. Please think through your slogans

      • cricklewood 38.4.1

        I’ve got only one child admittedly but we are quite comfortable on just under 100k per year. Tbh its become more expensive now my daughter has started school… the rort that is uniforms sees to that… seems it costs 3 times more to by a polo because it has a crest embroidered on it …

        • Rosie 38.4.1.1

          cricklewood, it might pay to not judge everyone else’s circumstances by your own. Just because you are “comfortable” doesn’t mean everyone else on your rate is. Other’s may have insanely high accommodation costs, health issues, debt and other factors that may mean life isn’t comfortable for them and their children.

          • cricklewood 38.4.1.1.1

            Believe me accommodation isnt cheap but when you’ve got @1500 A week net coming in life is reasonably comfy with one child.
            I would be more than happy to see sickness, disability & accommodation supplements increased as I am all to aware of how hard it can be. I just don’t see the point of extending so far into the upper middle class.

          • Colonial Viper 38.4.1.1.2

            Rosie, sorry but that is just upper middle class crazy talk, complaining about the limitations of $1500 net in the hand per week soon followed up by how unreasonable the fees are at Diocesan and the pressure interest rate rises are going to put on repaying your $400K mortgage followed by how on earth you are going to update your 8 year old 3 series into something a bit more respectable.

            • cricklewood 38.4.1.1.2.1

              Agreed cant really complain about your lot in life when you’re healthy have good accommodation, food on the table and money left at the end of the week.
              I prob wont have a 2nd child but if I did id rather that $60 went to someone needing it more. Worst case Id have to drink less beer and eat out less hardly a big problem in the scheme of things…

              • Colonial Viper

                Indeed…trying to raise a family on half that net sum…that’s when there are real serious challenges…

        • greywarbler 38.4.1.2

          cricklewood
          That’s one of my regular thoughts too. The schools are so dismissive of how people are stretched by the costs that are laid on them by education, that it doesn’t bother them a bit that instead of being able for instance to all wear navy short sleeved collared polo shirts at primary school, obtained anywhere the price is good, they have to get a specially embroidered one at an extra cost.

          The local upper class Secondary Girls has kilts with skirts that must be almost a metre in length and of course miles of pleats all round. But the Boards of Trustees and well-bred ladies on the decision team for uniforms are hide-bound in their attitudes so the girls are kilt-bound and they are mighty expensive whether they are wool or acrylic. Neatness, attractiveness, uniformity of style, colour and design PLUS practicality, and efficiency in care and cost as well, are outside the experience and understanding of the uniform committees.

      • KiwiGunner 38.4.2

        Do you mean me? Bit rough, I liked the tone of the speech overall. Support Labour, just query this and you call me a dickhead. I’ve never had this type of comment here and would appreciate an apology please.

        • chris73 38.4.2.1

          I’d advise you on not holding breath while waiting for one

          • lprent 38.4.2.1.1

            I have been known to apologize. But it is rare and confined to things that I feel that I got the completely wrong end of the stick. Usually it is when I’m moderating and lack context so I read what people wrote. I don’t see that they were satirising someone else.

        • mickysavage 38.4.2.2

          I think there is an argument for lowering the threshold but there is not much to be saved …

          • Colonial Viper 38.4.2.2.1

            Although sometimes the aim is simply to send a political message to various constituencies.

            Setting the threshold at a level which net benefits only the bottom 90% of households for instance makes more political and electoral sense than a dollar figure. At a guess this would be around the $120K-$130K pa mark (given that the 50% – median – household income is circa $70K pa).

          • greywarbler 38.4.2.2.2

            Kiwi Gunner This is you at 38.
            I don’t like it much. Any family on $100k+ doesn’t need this and, once again, it is govt subsidising our low wage economy.
            If you had any interest in what people think here you will know there has been strong agreement with responsible groups advocating for children that there needs to be more done to assist them, and that early childhood usually goes along with a drop in income, and a rise in costs, and that early childhood health and positive experiences, are major contributors to a good start in life.

            There is very strong social policy evidence that policies which are fairly wide-spread, rather than narrowly targeted, are beneficial to society in that no-one misses out, no-one feels that they are bearing all the problems but getting none of the government help, and there is no stigma in receiving government help,. And that help indicates strong support for health and welfare for the babies and toddlers, our most vulnerable citizens, being cared for by the other important citizens the parents and caregivers.

            We know there is a low wage economy, so we need to do something to alleviate it, not just bitch about it, and commiserate with parents with young families. That is until we can restore the economy to around 1984 level, which wasn’t great but we had some activity going on all around the country in diverse sectors. But it would probably take at least 20 years to restore the economy. And technology and the environment have changed and we now have to apply ourselves to a new way along a new path, and go back to supportive family payments, now it has sunk in that we aren’t the economic jewel of the South Pacific despite what we are told.

            Now as most of us feel that this is the case, and want to see people receive help for a few years. Also we hope they are in stable accommodation suitable for a baby, which may be a considerable part of the $100,000 plus. It is unlikely that we would support you in your criticism, or apologise.

        • Chooky 38.4.2.3

          lol… KiwiGunner ,,,you wont get an apology from BiG Daddy Iprent because it is his blog site….

          you could be called a lot worse than Dickhead …how about Fuckwit?

        • Anne 38.4.2.4

          Don’t worry KiwiGunner. That’s very mild coming from Iprent. But he’s one hell of a good sysop and spends many hours keeping this site going. My initial reaction was similar to yours but I’m starting to understand now. Cunliffe is being very smart and getting a huge pool of potential Labour voters to sit up and take notice – something he had to do and very early in the year. Without it Labour wasn’t going to fly…

        • lprent 38.4.2.5

          Do you mean me? Bit rough…

          I express my opinions based on what people say. What you said is that because your family were getting 100k and didn’t need it, then others didn’t either. The implication was wide enough that I read it as suggesting that a family with a income on 50k didn’t either, and that others in the same income range as yourself didn’t either.

          You were being stupid because you hadn’t thought it through, especially in the absence of any detail of the policy. For instance, doesn’t the policy refer to family income prior to the birth or during the first year? Some people get paid paternal leave. Some do not?

          Another announcement was that Labour would push through 26 weeks paid parental leave. This means that in the first year about half way through with a sick kids, the family income drops from say 100k to 50k. After watching parents with kids for some time (I’m not one myself – but I am a hell of an observant friend, uncle, great-uncle, and godfather), the absolute last thing that people need is to have to spend their time trying to work their way through WINZ and the other public services constrained by the dickhead policies forced by decades of moralistic and judgmental fools like yourself. Trying to get sleep is usually enough of a problem.

          Also any birth is a complete crap shoot. Kids come in with all kinds of issues. They can have early births, life-threatening deformities, various types of sickliness, etc etc. The amount of resource to get a kid through the first year can vary from bugger all to a hell of a lot.I’ve seen people having real issues just because they can’t get the hand-me-downs from their dead family when they have a kid that is growing twice as fast as everyone elses.

          Sure you can say that the state/charities will provide – but given the usual way that both respond, I’d say that giving parents more money in the hand is probably more efficient when they’re scrabbling to find doctors fees.

          …would appreciate an apology…

          You might. That doesn’t mean that I apologize to a fool who doesn’t think through what they say, and got their feelings hurt when this was pointed out.

          The site allows for “robust debate” in the policy and only thing that I look for to constrain that when I’m being a moderator is “pointless abuse” and things that disrupt the argument. Live with it.

          If you want polite debate on your terms, then follow the advice in the last part of the about, don’t snivel and whine about it to me..

  39. Papa Tuanuku 39

    Someone should link this kaupapa to Royals, that’s the topic of the minute

  40. clemgeopin 40

    My reaction:
    [1] A good speech with some welcome oratory in parts.

    [2] I am very glad about the initiatives for parental leave, child rearing help and early childhood education because the early years are the most crucial in a person’s life and future.

    [3] At first glance, I thought the $150,000 was too high a bracket, but on careful consideration, I realised that that is a sensible and fair social, as well as a clever political move, which hopefully will be balanced by reversal of National/ACT’s two billion per year tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthy the most. [This child-help policy over the years will or may help us have better and perhaps more local citizens, thus perhaps reducing bigger immigration in the future]

    [4] I wish the speech had many more broad policy indicators on issues such as poverty, closing the income gap, housing solutions, job creation, environment, control of excess profits of price gauging corporates, banks and monopolies. reduction of household costs of essential food and other items, including electricity. I am hoping that these policies will get rolled in in the next few months one by one before the next elections.

  41. Foreign Waka 41

    I find the policies regarding child support in particular and capital gains tax winners in my book. Two fly’s with one clap, brilliant. As long as the child support is caped at a reasonable income level and all support mechanism such as rent supplements etc are being taken into consideration. These two policies alone make me reconsider everything. I am usually a green voter but I feel very strongly about the kids and their unequal start in life. This one has to be balanced out, kids have no advocates in politics – it just has to be.

    • bad12 42.1

      Push that sad and lonely barrow for all it’s worth Chris73, careful tho it’s full off bullshit and uphill your likely to get covered in it…

    • Rosie 42.2

      Oh you mean those stuffed polls where you can sit there and repeatedly click merrily away on the same option? God, people are probably paid to skew those dodgy polls.

  42. greywarbler 43

    Who reads the various MSM in the UK according to Yes, Prime Minister.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGscoaUWW2M

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    There's a lot of non-cheery news out there in the lead up to Christmas. There's the Taliban school massacre, the Sydney siege, the US Torture Report, and - at a much lower level, and closer to home - the Treasury's...
    Polity
  • “I said surface, not surplus”
    Here are ten explanations, excuses or distractions Bill English might like to employ over the coming days in response to news that his long promised budget surplus looks to have disappeared....
    Imperator Fish
  • Talking terror
    [Content note: discussion of terrorism and violence] Last month I wrote about the aims of ISIS as NZ’s terror legislation ramped up, how their structure and organisation has become almost impossibly fluid, adapted to social media and the internet in...
    On the Left
  • Letter to the editor – Time to milk a tragedy again, by our Dear Leader
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz> date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The Editor Dominion Post . Once again, predictably, our esteemed Prime Minister has exploited a tragic situation for his...
    Frankly Speaking
  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics
    A transient political scandal which has been dealt with, resolved and thoroughly moved-on-from with no hard feelings at all has somehow been named as the Public Address Word of the Year 2014."I honestly can't understand how this has happened," said...
    Public Address
  • Station Boarding Stats for 2013/14
    Late last week Auckland Transport provided me with some fascinating stats related that broke down rail patronage results by station. The data is for the previous financial year -so from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 – and covers 10.05 million...
    Transport Blog
  • US drones: target one, murder twenty-eight
    U.S. drones kill on average 28 unidentified people for every intended target, according to a report published by Reprieve, a group that represents civilian victims of drone strikes. The CIA launched two drone attacks, claiming it was trying to kill...
    Redline
  • US drones: target one, murder twenty-eight
    U.S. drones kill on average 28 unidentified people for every intended target, according to a report published by Reprieve, a group that represents civilian victims of drone strikes. The CIA launched two drone attacks, claiming it was trying to kill...
    Redline
  • The Sydney siege: the day after
    One of the several different faces of Man Haron Monis by Jeff Sparrow Unfortunately, we have now sufficient experience of terrorist incidents to formulate a simple rule: namely, almost everything said in the first few days after the event will...
    Redline
  • The Sydney siege: the day after
    One of the several different faces of Man Haron Monis by Jeff Sparrow Unfortunately, we have now sufficient experience of terrorist incidents to formulate a simple rule: namely, almost everything said in the first few days after the event will...
    Redline
  • Two degrees: Will we avoid dangerous climate change?
    This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Simon Evans Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the internationally accepted target for climate policy, as we saw in  the first blog of our series of pieces looking...
    Skeptical Science
  • Terrorist Threat Increases Alarmingly!
    The terrorism threat is mounting in New Zealand, the Prime Minister claims there are up to 40 people here who are capable of repeating the sort of action tragically experienced in Sydney. New Zealand's terrorist threat has has been upgraded...
    Local Bodies
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline
  • The state of the working class in New Zealand today
    Redline’s readership has, since we began, grown consistently and substantially. At the same time, it can be quite daunting going to a website for the first time and reading a few things on the home-page and then wondering what to...
    Redline
  • Media Link: The Sydney Hostage Crisis.
    Amid the flurry of media interviews I did as a result of the Sydney hostage crisis, this one may not have received the attention other outlets have received....
    Kiwipolitico
  • Good old-fashioned Kiwi values
    [Content warning: contains links to and quotes from violent and anti-Muslim hate speech.] David Farrar has some … interesting ideas about how to tighten up immigration policy in the wake of the Sydney “siege”. I think countries such as Australia,...
    Boots Theory
  • My letter to Santa Claus
    In which I urge Santa Claus to consider a number of reforms....
    Imperator Fish
  • On the Sydney siege
    The piece below was written yesterday, before the death of the gunman and several of the hostages.  It is taken from the newspaper site of the Australian Marxist group Socialist Alternative. by Ben Hillier Much remains unclear regarding the hostage...
    Redline
  • On the Sydney siege
    The piece below was written yesterday, before the death of the gunman and several of the hostages.  It is taken from the newspaper site of the Australian Marxist group Socialist Alternative. by Ben Hillier Much remains unclear regarding the hostage...
    Redline
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to...
    Greens
  • Energy users need answers on Vector share plans
    Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says. “It...
    Labour
  • Turning up the heat on working conditions
    A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry....
    Labour
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at...
    Greens
  • Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk
    Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. "National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its...
    Labour
  • Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
    John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. “The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review...
    Labour
  • Bill English’s face is redder than his books
    The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. This is the...
    Labour
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and...
    Greens
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit
    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic...
    Greens
  • Minister closes down dissent on climate change
    Minister closes down dissent on climate change In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. “In...
    Labour
  • Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders
    The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson.  “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience....
    Labour
  • Farewell at Phillipstown
    Last Wednesday, I attended the farewell for Tony Simpson, Principal of Phillipstown School. It was a very emotional event where many of us in the large crowd shed tears. Bagpipes and tiny tamariki performing kapahaka brought the house down and...
    Greens
  • The CIA Torture Report
    Earlier this week, the United States Select Committee on Intelligence released the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  The report, which was five years in the making, looked into the CIA’s interrogation techniques from 2001...
    Greens
  • Haere Rā 2014
    We’ve almost reached the end of the Parliamentary year so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of my highlights of the term in this blog post. It’s been an absolutely hectic year juggling an election campaign...
    Greens
  • Labour applauds High Court decision on Ruataniwha
    Today’s decision by the High Court on the Ruataniwha scheme is a victory for NewZealand’s environmental groups, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson RuthDyson....
    Labour
  • A welfare system for the 21st Century
    Today Child Poverty Action Group released a background paper on ‘The complexities of ‘relationship’ in the welfare system and the consequences for children.‘ The report includes 16 recommendations to modernise our welfare system which is no longer fit for the...
    Greens
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare...
    Labour
  • NZ should formally recognise Palestine
    New Zealand should follow the lead of Sweden, and now recognise Palestine as a separate state On 30 October, Sweden’s new government formally recognised the state of Palestine, only the second Western country to do so, after Iceland. Down here...
    Greens
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems...
    Greens
  • Time to end legalised cruelty of factory farms
    We can ensure that animals are kept in safe and ethical conditions. Claims of economic impact and practicality as justification for animal cruelty just don't stack up.Use our easy e-letter to write to the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy...
    Greens
  • Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself
    While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says....
    Labour
  • Big bickies for bosses despite subpar performance
    While public service workers are experiencing Grinch-like wage increases state sector bosses have pocketed early Christmas presents in the form of whopper pay hikes, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “Unbelievably State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie got an additional...
    Labour
  • Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining
      The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham...
    Labour
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on a...
    Greens
  • Dirty Dairy Accord failing to clean up rivers
    The first monitoring report of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord fails to show progress on cleaning up our rivers since the Accord was introduced, the Green Party said today. The Accord's targets for stock exclusion are weaker than the previous...
    Greens
  • The Indignant Kiwi: Why we need to do more to protect our national bird
    A kiwi, about to be released into the wild, was first introduced to Prime Minister John Key and German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on her recent visit to New Zealand. By all reports, Dr Merkel was delighted to meet the rather indignant...
    Greens
  • Conflicted interests and health promotion; my opinion.
    As it happens, I know quite a bit about health promotion. It was an area I worked in prior to becoming an MP. What differentiates health promotion from the strict biomedical model, or from health education, for example, is its...
    Greens
  • Transparency on foreign buyers register needed
    News that Overseas Investment Office officials have been working on a register of foreign buyers of New Zealand homes is a welcome surprise, but Land Information Minister Louise Upston now needs to be clear on the details of the project,...
    Labour
  • National moves on state house sell off
    The Labour Party understands the Government has decided to move ahead with a mass sell-off of state houses. Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says he has been told by sources that Cabinet agreed the plan for their sell-off this week....
    Labour
  • Back-down on expert teacher plan welcomed
    News that the Government has backed down and returned to the drawing board on its flagship ‘expert teacher’ policy will come as a welcome Christmas present to schools and teachers, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Teachers throughout New Zealand...
    Labour
  • John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases
    Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. “As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now...
    Labour
  • An astounding disregard for Māori Affairs
    I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to...
    Greens
  • Plunging dairy payout will hit regions hard
    The plunging dairy payout will hit New Zealand’s provincial towns and farm service industries hard, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Farmers have been bracing themselves for this expected announcement but it will be small towns and those who...
    Labour
  • Reducing inequality creates a stronger economy
    An OECD report finding New Zealand has one of the fast growing rates of income inequality shows “trickle down” economics has failed and that everyone is better off under a stronger economy, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “The Government should...
    Labour
  • Government surplus target turning sour
    The Government’s golden surplus target is under threat with today’s Crown accounts showing the deficit is $260 million worse than expected, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is two blows in one morning for the Government’s economic credibility after...
    Labour
  • Greens call for end to cruelty of factory farming
    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
    Greens
  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
    Labour
  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
    Labour
  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Treasury says failure to cut emissions could cost $34,000 per household
    Treasury figures, released by the Sustainability Council today, show failing to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost between $2,000 and $34,000 per household, the Green Party said. The Sustainability Council has obtained figures previously redacted from a...
    Greens
  • Greens call on the Auditor General to investigate serious conflict of inter...
    The Green Party has asked the Auditor General to investigate serious conflicts of interest over Food and Grocery Chief Katherine Rich's membership on the board of the Health Promotion Agency (the Agency)."I've asked the Auditor General to investigate because the...
    Greens
  • Central Govt to blame for Auckland rail delay
    The National Government is delaying Auckland's rail development, while pushing ahead with the expensive Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, a motorway with declining traffic volumes, benefiting fewer people and business, said the Green Party today.Yesterday, Mayor Len Brown proposed to push...
    Greens
  • Govt grants mining licence in marine protected area
    The Government is making a mockery of our marine protections by granting a mining licence for Chatham Rise Phosphate to mine for phosphate in a marine protected area, the Green Party said.Chatham Rock Phosphate was granted a mining permit today,...
    Greens
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
    The Daily Blog
  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
    The Daily Blog
  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
    The Daily Blog
  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
    The Daily Blog
  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
    The Daily Blog
  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
    The Daily Blog
  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
    The Daily Blog
  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
    The Daily Blog
  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
    The Daily Blog
  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
    The Daily Blog
  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
    The Daily Blog
  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
    The Daily Blog
  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
    The Daily Blog
  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
    The Daily Blog
  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
    The Daily Blog
  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
    The Daily Blog
  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
    The Daily Blog
  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
    The Daily Blog
  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
    The Daily Blog
  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
    The Daily Blog
  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
    The Daily Blog
  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
    The Daily Blog
  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
    The Daily Blog
  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
    The Daily Blog
  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
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  • Disabled parking spaces are for the disabled
    Many districts across the country have been changing the mobility parking spots to the vivid blue colour scheme as opposed to the simple yellow sign. This has been done as an attempt to make the designated spots more visible to...
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  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
    Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his...
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  • Holiday home hazards revealed
    Common sense ways to look after your property this summer Auckland, 18 December 2014 – Burglars aren’t the only threat to your home during the holiday season, says AA Insurance. It’s more likely to be broken water pipes, burst hot...
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  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
    Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace 18 December 2014 Funeral directors are relieved that Wellington City Council has finally dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Funeral Directors...
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  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
    As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson...
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  • Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges
    Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources....
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  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
    ‘The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland....
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch...
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  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
    Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
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  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
    Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent...
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  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
    The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment....
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  • Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step
    Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own....
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  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
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  • Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate
    The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning....
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  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
    Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between...
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  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
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  • Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s
    Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age....
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  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
    Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015....
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  • Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings
    KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ have launched a new summer rail safety campaign with a message to motorists to stay focused and always look for trains at level crossings over the holidays. December is known as the month for family, festivity...
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  • Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use
    Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths...
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  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
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  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
    Santa has provided animal advocacy organisation SAFE with an early copy of this year’s naughty list , as it prominently features many animal-abusing industries and businesses, with NZPork topping the list....
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  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
    New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period....
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  • Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service
    This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to...
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  • New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune
    The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices...
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  • Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry
    The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North....
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  • Protest at killing of schoolboys – Vigil 17/12/14
    A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014....
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  • Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle
    Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow....
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  • NCWNZ Wins Court Case
    ComVoices welcomes and celebrates the news that the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has won its High Court case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus
    Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
    The horizon for workers looks gloomy with the release today of the Budget Policy statement. “Continuing real cuts in Government funding of public services are inevitable as a result of today’s Budget Policy Statement. The policy ignores the social,...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector....
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  • The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning
    “Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy....
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
    Batteries may be required for some of the best toys under the tree this year, but they are just as essential to enjoying the greatest gift of all, says Housing New Zealand General Manager of Property Services, Marcus Bosch. “Smoke...
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is delighted that the High Court has found in its favour in its case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Government cutting back health services to dangle tax cuts
    The health service is already too stretched, and cutting further into New Zealanders’ health services to fund tax cuts is irresponsible, the CTU said today. Leaked cabinet committee papers have revealed District Health Boards need an additional $440 million...
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  • Christian Network calls for prayers and understanding
    New Zealand Christian Network director Glyn Carpenter is calling for people to pray and exercise understanding over the Sydney hostage incident....
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  • Labour congratulated on withdrawing bill
    Euthanasia-Free NZ congratulates Labour leader Andrew Little and MP Iain Lees-Galloway for resisting sponsorship of the ex-Maryan Street voluntary euthanasia bill....
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  • Commissioner very pleased with results of predator campaign
    Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has congratulated the Department of Conservation on the initial results of its major campaign to tackle a predator plague this year....
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  • Largest ever control campaign knocks back predators
    The Department of Conservation’s largest ever aerial 1080 campaign to combat this year’s rat and stoat plague has successfully knocked down predator populations in key target areas....
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  • Brazil introduces 10-year validity, NZ overdue
    Brazil has just joined a long list of nations who have moved from 5-year to 10-year biometric passports....
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  • National lead down after Little takes Labour leadership
    Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National 46% (down 3.5% in a month). Support for Key’s Coalition partners is higher with the Maori Party 2% (up 1%), Act NZ 1.5% (up 1%) although United Future is 0% (unchanged)....
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  • Part V of Te Urewera Report Released
    On 15 December 2014, the Waitangi Tribunal released in pre-publication form the fifth part of its report on Te Urewera claims. This part deals with Treaty of Waitangi claims in respect of Lake Waikaremoana, lodged by Tuhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti...
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  • C17 Fantasy Not for New Zealand
    New Zealand First is stunned by news that the New Zealand Defence Force has enquired about buying the $400 million C17 Globemaster III....
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  • MFAT Spends $9 Million on Four Day Conference
    New Zealand taxpayers forked out $9 million to pay for a recent four-day UN conference in Samoa that included hiring the luxury P&O Pacific Jewel cruise liner. New Zealand covered the accommodation and operating costs of September’s Small Island...
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  • State Services Commission Staff Highest Paid in Govt Sector
    The average salary for staff at the State Services Commission is higher than at any other government department, according to figures released by the Taxpayers’ Union. This morning’s Dominion Post reported the Commission staff earn an average of more...
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  • EPA 1080 annual report released
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its seventh annual report on the aerial use of 1080. Findings are again consistent with previous years. The 1080 regime is working as intended with the benefits of using 1080 being seen while...
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  • Bruce Jesson Awards
    • The Senior Journalism Award of $4000 for a proposed work of "critical, informed, analytical and creative journalism or writing that will contribute to public debate in NZ on an important issue or issues" was awarded to Max Rashbrooke for...
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  • More money for your Christmas break
    You've spent hours planning your Christmas break and months saving for your holiday but have you thought about saving on your energy bills while you are away from home?...
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